M. Travis Lane
2016 Lieutenant-Governor's Award for High Achievement in English Language Literary Arts
Photo credit / crédit photo: Stephen MacGillivray
M. Travis Lane’s poetry has always been diverse, resisting the critics’ need for tidiness. Though her concerns are often feminist, environmental, civic, and political, her poetry transcends such labels. She shifts easily from lyric to monologue to epigram to song to riddle, drawing inspiration equally from the natural world and the world of art and imagination - but she does write, almost always, as if she were addressing the reader, not muttering to herself. Inquisitive, musical, humane, her voice is instantly recognizable once heard. Well recognized, she has received numerous awards, including the Atlantic Poetry Prize, the Bliss Carman Award, and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award.
2016 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in Visual Arts
Photo credit / crédit photo: John Hill
A recipient of the Strathbutler Award, and many other grants and awards, Suzanne Hill’s intellectual and lyrical paintings tirelessly explore where we are and how this affects us. As her exhibition titles – Weir, Lost Horizons, High WaterMark – suggest, the NB landscape is often a metaphor for the philosophical inquiry that results in her large-scale canvases and installations. An articulate interpreter of life, of the human condition, Hill’s work has been exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally (Mexico, Germany, USA) for over 30 years. Widely reviewed, her work has been acquired by numerous collectors and institutions, including The Canadian War Museum, The Canada Council Art Bank, and the Department of External Affairs.